Joel A. Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry - (Clinical Series Track)

Dr. Dvoskin served as New York’s Acting Commissioner of Mental Health and Chair of the Nevada Governor’s Advisory Council on Behavioral Health. He is former President of two Divisions of the American Psychological Association (18 and 41).  He served on the APA Policy Task Force on Reducing Gun Violence, and on the APA Blue Ribbon Commission on Ethical Processes.

He has provided consultation to a wide array of organizations, including the U.S. Secret Service, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the NBA Players Association, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and numerous corporations, organizations, and government agencies across the US and Canada.

He previously taught at the University of Arizona Law School, and currently teaches at the UArizona's College of Medicine.

He served as Federal Court Monitor over correctional and mental health facilities and systems in Washington, New Mexico, Michigan, and Colorado and frequently serves as an expert for the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice and various state Protection and Advocacy Systems. He has also served as an expert witness and consultant for state mental health and criminal justice agencies.

Dr. Dvoskin helped the New Orleans Police Department to create an innovative program to prevent police misconduct called EPIC (Ethical Policing is Courageous). Currently, Dr. Dvoskin serves as Senior Psychologist for Project ABLE (Active Bystandership for Law Enforcements), part of Georgetown Law School’s Innovative Policing Program.

Dr. Dvoskin has served as design consultant for numerous psychiatric hospital, prison, and jail architectural projects, including St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC, Fulton (MO) State Hospital, and currently the Hawaii State Hospital.

In 2020, Dr. Dvoskin was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and received similar awards from the Arizona Psychological Association for distinguished contributions to the science (2001) and practice (2010) of psychology.

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association (Fellow), American Psychology-Law Society, Psychologits in Public Service, Arizona Psychological Association, Southern Arizona Psychological Association

Research/Clinical Interests

Clinical, Forensic, and Correctional Psychology; Risk Assessment, Suicide Prevention 

  • BA: English and Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973
  • MA & PhD: Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona
  • McLean Hospital (Harvard Med. School) Belmont, MA
  • Fellowship in Forensic Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Professional Psychology (Forensic)